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More Than Your ATAR: Early Entry, Secure Your Place Before Exams

By July 31, 2019August 7th, 2019No Comments
Katie Hodder - Namoi CEF, E12, Thyne Reid/St Andrews

Imagine going into trial exams knowing you’ve got a place university – as well as other scholarship assistance – already in the bag. What a welcome sense of comfort and confidence during such a peak time of stress about the unknown.

The Universities Admission Centre (UAC) is a great first point of call for Year 11 and 12 students considering tertiary study in NSW and the ACT, and especially to boost any early entry.  The Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) and Education Assessment Scheme (EAS) are there to support and benefit you.

>> Read more: How UAC is there to help country students


CEF-supported University of Sydney third-year student Katie Hodder still manages to have all her living expenses basically covered with the assistance of a CEF of Namoi education grant and a CEF National Scholarship Thyne Reid St Andrew’s College Scholarship (which covers accommodation for three years).

She explains further how the University of Sydney Early Entry Year 12 (E12) scholarship not only secured her place in the prestigious Bachelor of Engineering course but came with a handy $5950 1st year scholarship. It was also essential to a smooth transition to university life especially given her big move from Glenn Innes, Katie says.


What is the E12 scheme?

The E12 scheme is a fantastic initiative run through the University of Sydney, helping rural students access university. It provides students with a lower entry ATAR into their chosen course, a scholarship for the first year of study along with numerous avenues of support to assist with the transition into university.

Where did you find out about it?

I first found out about the E12 scheme through the University of Sydney’s website. I then later sought out more information from my school’s careers advisor.

How did you/others apply?

The application process is quite simple, and the University of Sydney’s website was very helpful in detailing all the necessary steps to make your application count. The application required me to answer a few short answers about my extracurricular involvement, academic achievements and why I wanted to pursue my chosen degree. It also requires you to have the course you’re applying for listed as the number one preference in UAC.

Did you know what it was when applying?

Yes, the information I gained from the USYD website and my careers advisor allowed me to understand what the E12 scheme was.

What does it mean to you to be an E12 recipient?

Being an E12 recipient was such an important element in helping me move to Sydney to attend university. It enabled me to enter the HSC period with the confidence that I had already received a conditional offer to University, and the necessary ATAR to get acceptance into my course was lowered, reducing the stress I felt during this period.

It also meant that I could study my dream course, which is unique to the University of Sydney. Without the E12 scheme, I would not have the means to do so.

Another perk of the E12 scheme is that it provides you with free ACCESS. ACCESS is the way students at University can join any university clubs and societies. This helps significantly to make friends with people who share similar interests to you. In a new city, where I did not know anyone, this was a great way to meet people.

Who can apply?

There is a list of schools that are eligible for the E12 scholarship. It is for anybody attending schools that are deemed to be of low socioeconomic status, so includes most rural public schools.

Why do you think others should apply?

The financial aid that the E12 scheme provides was the key motivator for me to apply. The added benefits of lowering the required ATAR and receiving early entry also encouraged me to apply. The application process is relatively short and simple, so there’s really nothing to lose by applying. You never know what could come of such an opportunity and it’s well worth applying.


This ‘More Than Your ATAR’ education series will be covering off such subjects as: where to start, early entry, studying via distance & regional study hubs as well as tips and tricks for applying for a scholarship. We’ll be talking to all the experts – students, CEF committees, high school and university advisers to help you on this long, long windy road.


Author Ashlea

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